Employment Relations

10 Units

The course Employment Relations explores the management of employment relations in Australia, exploring both laws and institutions beyond the workplace and management strategies within the organisation. Important points of departure are the different ideological and intellectual perspectives on the employment relationship. The course will be especially valuable to managers seeking a better understand Australia’s system of employment relations, and the strategic options available in the Australian context, and their potential risks and benefits. Several guest speakers will add practical insights.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain key concepts in employment relations.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of key historical and cultural changes in the nature of work and the employment relationship.
  3. Analyse a range of laws, institutional structures and managerial practices in employment relations across countries.
  4. Apply the skills necessary to analyse problems and develop managerial solutions to employment relations problems at both national and workplace levels

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Ideological and intellectual perspectives on the employment relationship.
  2. The parties to employment relations.
  3. The role of the state in structuring employment relations (especially the Fair Work Act, the safety net and other statutory minimum standards).
  4. Different forms of employee representation (union and non-union).
  5. Legal and strategic aspects of collective bargaining and direct engagement.
  6. The role of external agencies (especially the Fair Work Commission).
  7. The implications of different employment relations regimes for equity and efficiency at both organisational and national levels.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignment
  • Formal Examination: Formal Examination
  • Presentation: Group Presentation

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for GSBS6042
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